The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


A range of significant natural and cultural heritage sites within the Hunter Valley are explored through a series of lectures, seminars and location-based fieldwork. Emphasis is given to the visual recording of natural and man-made environments, both indigenous and non-indigenous. Students will learn how to research, collaborate with external parties and communicate the narratives of these sites via annotated illustrations, infographics, written reports and image sequencing.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2019.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate the research skills necessary for practice as a Natural History Illustrator

2. Collaborate with relevant community, indigenous and professional organisations

3. Demonstrate their knowledge of native flora and fauna specific to indigenous knowledge and narrative

4. Work effectively in a group research project.

5. Demonstrate strategies for the integration of fieldwork and studio practice


The course focuses on environment and heritage mapping. Topics covered will include:

1. Group collaboration in research and field data collection

2. Taxonomic drawing

3. Habitat studies and their application to studio projects

4. Archaeological field practices

5. Cultural research and consultation

6. Visual perception and interpretation of natural history objects.

Assumed knowledge

NHIL1001 and NHIL1003

Assessment items

Project: Project 1 (Indigenous site) - 50%

Project: Project 2 (Local History) - 50%

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Lectorial: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions.